Magazine article Opera Canada

Alma Oppressa

Magazine article Opera Canada

Alma Oppressa

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ALMA OPPRESSA

JULIE BOULIANNE

Analekta: AN 2 8780

Mezzo Julie Boulianne's new CD, recorded with the Clavecin en Concert and Luc Beausejour, features arias by Vivaldi and Handel, as well as a few short instrumental pieces taken from their operas. It's a pleasing combination of the dramatic and the more lyrically relaxed, but also highly virtuosic since almost all these arias were written for star castrati. The first two numbers give a very good sample of what's to come. The title track, from Vivaldi's La fida ninfa, is dramatic and allows Boulianne to use the darker colours of her voice to good effect as well as providing coloratura hijinks. "Sovvento il sole," from the same composer's Andromeda Liberata, is much more lyrical. Indeed, it's very beautiful, with a haunting melodic line and an interesting dialogue between voice and violin. It, too, shows off both the brighter tones of the voice and her very attractive lower register.

The Vivaldi pieces will likely not be too familiar to most opera goers, but there are much better known Handel pieces on the CD, including "Lasci ch'io pianga" from Rinaldo and "Cara speme questo core" from Giulio Cesare. …

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